A young Cwmbran boy is in urgent need of a specialist bed which will mean he can sleep in safety away from home, and enable him to visit his grandparents.
Three-year-old Samuel Wilmot from Cwmbran, Torfaen, has a condition that requires constant supervision to ensure his safety; he has no sense of danger and cannot communicate. The risk of Samuel harming himself while sleeping in a conventional bed is very high so the family have had to put any thoughts of respite care with other family members on hold until Samuel has a specialist travel bed.
Mum Donna Wilmot said: “Being a very active sleeper Samuel needs to be safe and supervised at all times, which makes overnight stays impossible.”
The bed will cost £1,965 and Newlife is looking to ‘local heroes’ to help fund the equipment. Samuel’s is just one of four families in the area currently working with the charity to secure equipment.
As there is no local statutory services funding available for the specialist bed the family have turned to Newlife Foundation – the UK’s largest charity funder of specialist equipment for children with disabilities and terminal illness – for help.
“The travel bed would enable us to take Samuel to visit grandparents in England for essential respite. This would be a life changing opportunity and enhance Samuel’s quality of life greatly as well as affording us peace of mind,” added Donna.
We all know how important spending time with family members can be. Without this equipment Samuel and his family will be unable to create those memories we all treasure.
If you would like to help Samuel and his family, go to: www.newlifecharity.co.uk/torfaen and click on the Donate Now button. The website includes information about how Newlife supports families of disabled and terminally ill children in Torfaen and ways in which people can help. Alternatively, you could contact the Newlife County Liaison Team on 01543 431 444, email [email protected] for fundraising information. Newlife pledges that 100 per cent of all donations will be spent on equipment for children with disabilities and terminal illness in your county area.
Pictured: Samuel Wilmot